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CSLS Speaker Series – ROBERT J. MACCOUN
Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
The Center for the Study of Law and Society
is pleased to announce the next talk in the Spring 2018 CSLS Speaker Series,
ROBERT J. MACCOUN
Robert J. MacCoun is James and Patricia Kowal Professor of Law at Stanford University
He will be speaking on his paper
“Rapidly Changing Standards and Practices in Empirical Social Science: What Does It Mean for Empirical Legal Studies?”
In this talk, I will review the revolution that is happening in response to the “replicability crisis” in psychology, medicine, and other empirical disciplines, which is upending all sorts of beliefs about how to conduct and interpret quantitative evidence. I will discuss new “forensic statistics” tests for identifying “p-hacking,” preregistration of hypotheses and tests, open data sharing, blinded data analysis, dramatically increased expectations about reasonable sample sizes, and the proposal to adopt p=.005 as the new definition of “statistical significance.” There are many reasons to celebrate these innovations, but they will create significant challenges for ELS because we rely so heavily on data from the field rather than the lab.
Please join us on Monday, February 26 from 12:45-2:00p in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave.
A recent relevant paper by Professor MacCoun and Saul Perlmutter is available on our website and in hard copy at the Center.
Coffee and water are provided. We invite you to bring your own “bag lunch.”
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
Jonathan Simon, Faculty Director
Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director
Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.
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